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First place 4x100 relay leads Alex girls to fourth place

Wensia Johnson closes out a championship for the Alexandria 4x100 relay team. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)
The Alexandria 4x100 relay brought home a championship on Saturday, leading the girls’ track and field team to a fourth place finish at the state meet Saturday in St. Paul.

The Cardinals earned 61.5 team points, good for fourth place in Class AA.

Karly Betterman, Tayler Kaufman, Mady Urman and Wensia Johnson teamed up to finish first with a time of 48.71. The 4x100 team said it was tough to tell how they stacked up as they moved around the final curve of the track, but once Urman handed off to Johnson for the final leg of the relay they knew it was their race.

“I think it kind of makes up around the curve,” Urman said about the running lane she was in. "When I handed it off to Wensia I knew."

The Cardinals said they practiced in the rain a lot this season, so they were used to the wet conditions.

“We’ve been training in the rain a lot," Betterman said. "When it rains, we still go outside, we don’t stay inside. So we’re kind of used to it.”

The Hasz sisters had another strong distance race, finishing second and third in the 1,600 run. Megan Hasz finished second with a time of 4:53.36 and Bethany Hasz was right behind her at 4:53.83.

Megan said she actually felt more comfortable with the 3,200 heading into the race, so she was excited to grab second in the 1,600.

“I was really excited about it,” Megan said. “It was a really good feeling to do that well at state.”

After slipping at the start of the 100 dash, Johnson was happy with her third place finish. She finished the 100 meter dash in a time of 12.61, behind two Cretin-Derham Hall runners.

She was not satisfied after finishing as the runner-up in 2013, but she was able to redeem herself after the trip to grab a top-three finish.

“I’m not okay with it, but there is nothing I can do about it,” Johnson said.

Urman finished on the podium in the 200 meter dash, taking eighth place with the time of 26.00.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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